January 16th

Last night I went to hear Sir Ken Robinson speak about Education, Innovation, Creativity and Following Your Passions.

Sir Ken Robinson is this guy

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Have you ever heard of TED talks? If you have then this next sentence will mean something to you. If you haven’t, then I guess you may be lost for a brief second.

Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched TED talks video ever posted on the internet. His lectures have been viewed over 200 million times on the internet and has been proven to be more popular then the lectures on TED talks from the late Steve Jobs and many other exciting speakers.

If you don’t believe me, check out this link of the Top 20 most viewed Ted Talks lectures 

I want to say that Sir Ken Robinson was by far the most inspiring person I have ever heard speak, not to mention the funniest. He had the most captivating lecture and for the first time in years I sat still for an entire hour and a half. The time flew by within minutes and I actually felt as though I was mourning the loss of the lecture once it ended. After about 30 minutes of feeling like I was in some intellectual trance listening to this man speak I decided to get out a piece of paper and furiously write everything that was coming out of his mouth.

I am now going to detail what I heard this man say last night in no particular order. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. It was really inspiring and has had me thinking all night into this morning.

Note: This is not what he said verbatim but it’s pretty close. Unfortunately my short-term memory and ability to jot down in real-time what people are saying cannot be 100% accurate. I tried my best though. I have put some of my favorite lines in bold text to stand out.

  • Life is organic, not linear yet our education system sets out a linear path for us to conform to. 
  • In no way is it the teacher’s fault that our education system in America is failing our children. It is the system that needs to be changed. 
  • Our education system is set up to be standardized and for children and young adults to conform to a plan set out for them by people who do not have their best interests  passions and drive in mind or at heart 
  • He used a parallel example of fast food……These places have a standardized menu, you know what you are going to get, it never changes. This same menu has created a diabetes and the obesity epidemic. On the other hand, Zagat allows for creative freedoms and passion and doesn’t tell restaurants what they can serve, can’t, how they should decorate, what time they open and close etc. etc. and what has evolved from that system of diversity and freedom is a choice of excellent establishments and places that people want to go, explore and enjoy. We need to apply this same philosophy to school and teaching our children.
  • The way we treat human talent in children and young adults needs to be re-evaluated. 
  • 1 in 33 people are incarnated in the United States and most of these people are school drop-outs, were not supported by the education system, their own families etc. The majority of our spending is on the punitive end and not in education. This needs to be in reverse.
  • We narrow the education path and force our children to walk along and don’t allow for personal choice or interests. We don’t value diversity as much as we say we do.
  • The school system divides courses into what opinion has deemed useful and useless. When our children or young adults have passions and interests that fall in the “useless” category, the system will try to convince them to change their minds to take a more practical journey or study a certain degree. This does not work. People end up being suffocated and ripped away from what truly drives them,  ultimately landing them in careers or jobs that they do not feel connected to or doesn’t make them happy which ends up affecting every aspect of their life.
  • Baby Boomers were promised jobs. A degree was a passport to a job. This is no longer the case. People with advanced degrees are out of  job and struggling. This does not mean that degrees are worthless, it means that the world is changing. People need to figure out what they want to do before they get pressured into attending college, possibly spending a lot of time and money on a degree that they do not feel connected to or interested in. If people go to college because they feel pressured they may very well graduate with their degree, enter the real world and still have no idea what to do next or where to go. GIVE PEOPLE TIME. Support their interests and passions. 
  • Communities depend on all courses of life, passions, trade, talents etc. Many people are surviving without a degree. It can be tough at times but if people are choosing to live a life that they want and feel connected to then we should support that and not belittle it.
  • Every single human being is unique. No one person is alike. Our lives are filled and made up of our experiences, triumphs, failures, thoughts, talent, energy, passions etc. The life we are living today will never be the one that we completely, 100% envisioned for ourselves when we were growing it. It may look similar or not. The people we married, the people we left, the people we spend time with, the community we live in etc. was unpredictable and evolved organically. Opportunities arise out of our creativity, meeting others, networking, seeking it, exposing ourselves to experience. This entire philosophy and truth to the human experience is not supported by our education system and contradicts it the human experience.
  • He gave some really cool examples like how Elvis was not allowed in the Glee club at his school because they were worried that he would ruin their sound. Sir Ken Robinson is friends with Paul McCartney who told him that in the 50’s he was in a music program at school which he hated. The teacher told him he had no musical talent. George Harrison went to the same school and had the same experience. Clearly, these teachers and clubs were wrong about these people. Clearly. They were basing their opinions on conformity and a standardized program that they wanted all children to follow.
  • Children are over-diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. There are children that are in fact diagnosed correctly but a lot aren’t. We need to stop blaming the children or pretending like it’s as simple as saying they have a attention-deficit disorder. We stick our children in systems that tend to be boring. They can’t concentrate because of the boredom and therefore act out. We are making them sit for 8 hours a day doing clerical work and then we are confused when this doesn’t work.
  • WE AVOID THE RISK OF ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TAKE THEIR TRUE COURSE OF ACTION. THIS COMES WITH A HUGE CONSEQUENCE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL AND OUR COMMUNITIES. 
  • “To be born is a miracle-what are you going to do with your life?”
  • Use passions to drive talent, to contribute to ourselves and our community and to live the life we want for ourselves.

I am going to end this “highlighted lecture section” with one of my favorite things he said last night. It was this:

Death Valley is known as a place in California that does not have any life due to the lack of water. In 2005 there was a storm that brought water to the plains of Death Valley resulting in the blooming of flowers and beautiful life.

What this proved was Death Valley is NOT dead. It was dawned. Organic Intervention = the flourishing and growth of Death Valley for that brief moment of time. Harsh Environments = Major difficulties in growth and at times, death. This same idea and evidence can be applied to human life and our experience with what we do with the time we are here. 

Here are some pictures of Death Valley after their organic intervention 🙂

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If you are interested in hearing Sir Ken Robinson speak you can Youtube one of his many videos or you can just watch this one:

Thanks for reading!

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January 14th

Yesterday Tommy and I were driving to the cemetery to visit my mom. Not because she works there (that would be kind of cool) but because she’s buried there. #Ihaveaweirdwayoftalkingaboutsadthings

I haven’t visited her grave site in a while and it was bothering me and I had never shared that piece of life with Tommy yet. So there we were driving to the cemetery talking about life and things (actually he was purposely annoying me by not allowing me to listen to music) and I was trying not to body slam him while he was driving my car.

Tommy says out of no where “Hey, there’s a pack of dogs.” …I thought he was kidding because we were having one of those kinds of mornings and he knows I am a crazy dog lady who would immediately calm down to talk about my love of dogs or to scream AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW out the window. To my horror though, there WAS A PACK OF DOGS but they weren’t with their owner (s). They were just running the streets of LA like wild children with no place to be. You could tell right away that these dogs were loyal to one another and were definitely in a pack because they were running side by side. It seriously looked something like this….

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Okkkkkkkkk…………..so it didn’t look this magical, clean, vibrant and fun but it was definitely the same kind of thing. I told Tommy that we needed to go to the cemetery but if on our way back they were still there then it was the Universe telling us we had to do something.

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30 minutes later………….

We are driving back from the cemetery and there they were…the pack of dogs running around a busy street nearly getting hit by every single car passing by. Luckily I had a huge bag of dog food for Tessa in my car so we used the food to coax and lure them towards us. It took over an hour to gain their trust to get them to come close enough to us so we can see if they had collars on (NOPE.) I attempted to call several different animal control locations AND the police station that was one block away from us and all I got was automated voice recordings or being on hold for 30+ minutes.

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I WAS SO ANNOYED!!!!!

We finally manage to get them all in the back of my car which was like wrangling wild pigs. No joke, that took strategy and will power on both Tommy and my part. It was insane.

We brought them to his parent’s house so we could put them in a safe place while I attempted to get a hold of shelters etc. and ended up making his mom cry because seeing dirty, scared, abandoned dogs is pretty much super depressing. My apologizes to Tommy’s sweet mother.

We finally found a shelter that was open and willing to pick up the damn phone (thanks to Tommy’s sister’s detective work) and we dropped them off to be cleaned up, fed, provided shelter and hopefully adopted. It made me really sad to drop them off at the shelter but there was literally nothing else we could do and we certainly didn’t want them spending another night on the streets where it has been 30 degrees.

I have their Kennel ID # from the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, CA in case anyone is interested in adopting them. They will be ready to be adopted on January 18th (THIS FRIDAY!) I am 100% sure once these dogs are cleaned up they will be super adorable considering they were adorable with matted, dread locks full of dirt and other things 😦 I swear if I had a house with a yard I would be the owner of 5 dogs (Tessa plus the rat pack.) That was a close call.

I will update my blog with their pictures and information on the 18th.

Here are the pictures of yesterday’s lost dog adventures. Thanks for reading!!!!

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They stayed this close to one another the entire time. So cute and saddddd 😦

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One of my favorite pictures of the day. The 2 white males are biting the butt of the alpha female. The only female of the group was the pack leader. FEMALE POWER!

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January 10th

Remember when the scents of shampoo were just strawberry or citrus orange. Now it’s something like “Rare orange bit leaves hand-picked from a medium sized Allium Sikkimense plant from a spiritual monk by the name of Kegroll”………yet the shampoo still smells like citrus orange.

I’m so tired. What is wrong with me? I have to go to work. 

I ate too much yesterday. I feel really bad about it. Honestly…like I am starting to get depressed about it. I am not sure what I am going to do. I guess I will just continue updating my FB updates with funny crap that makes me laugh. 

 

 

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Jan 8th

 

“Closing your eyes isn’t going to change anything. Nothing’s going to disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. – Haruki Murakami”

This is a very short post to say that I will be blogging tomorrow morning so please come by and see me 🙂 

In the meanwhile, I leave you with this picture I took this past weekend in Los Angeles. 

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January 4th

It’s time for you to live your own life without worrying about the expectations of others.- Unknown 

I have a question

Who the hell goes out and buys this thing and then proceeds to wear it in public?

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Is this one of those moments where I realize I am getting older and I no longer know what fashion is or means? I feel like this “puffer shrug” <—–According to Nordstroms makes someone look like they are standing in the middle of a cloud. I’m super confused by it. Is this a boob warmer?

“Hello sales lady, I am looking for a jacket that only warms my upper back and boobs…forget about my stomach and lower back, they can handle the cold. It’s my upper back I am really concerned about. OH! You have the puffer shrug?! I will take 3. Ohhhhh it’s only $40 marked down from $60. How fantastic! You really can’t find deals nowadays for half of a coat like this one.” 

Meh.

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Tommy and I went to Porto’s Bakery for lunch today and I got fatter. Fooooooo shoooooooo. This place is legendary. Everyone knows about Porto’s. It’s fantastic, the food is great, the lines are long, the service is fast, everyone is happy.

I had a delicious Turkey melt sandwich, strawberry smoothie and we shared a tasty dessert. Tessa also came with us and of course everyone tried to steal her from us. Who wouldn’t. Look at this face!

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After lunch I did a good deed. I found a man’s bank card just hanging out on a parking meter where he probably left it because he was zoning out staring at some hot girl walking by or maybe a cute puppy. I took the card back to work with me and mailed it to the address on the back of the card so it can be sent to the Island of Misfit Bank Cards. It is actually just being sent back to the bank’s corporate office.

This happened to me one other time where I returned someone’s bank card and you know what ended up happening…….someone did the same thing for me. Well sorta…..

This was the scene. Do you have your popcorn ready? Are you sitting down? Ok so here it goes……

I took my backpack out of my car and flung it over my shoulder. I had no idea that one of the zippers was open and my wallet went flying to the ground into the gutter unbeknownst to me. When I figured out my wallet was missing I went back to my car to look for it. There was a note on my windshield saying “I think I have your wallet. Please call me ### #####.) I called the number and the nice man made me describe my wallet in detail to make sure it was truly mine. It was and he returned it with all my credit cards and cash still in it.

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Karma: It’s real. 

I am making Tommy go on a adventure tonight with me after I get off of work. We have officially started pulling things out of the Fun Jar that I was talking about a few days ago in a post. Actually, to be fair we didn’t pull anything out of a jar. Tonight we are going to go to places I have already been but he hasn’t. It will still be fun though 🙂

We are going to start off getting dinner in Silverlake at GOOD Microbrew & Grill then we are going to head off to one of my all time favorite gift stores in LA. It’s called Wacko Soap Plant and it’s basically a store filled with every unique, funny, cool, weird gift, toy, trincket, whatchamacallit, blah blah blah, art stuff, etc etc. ping pong ting ting things you can think of. They also have an art gallery in the back where you can check out really cool pieces and buy them if you are rich like the dude I saw driving down the street today in a Ferrari.

We are going to end our night dancing in the rain feeding each other waffles. Actually we won’t but I should probably try that out sometime.

Side Note: After I wrote that sentence I went to Google and typed in “Rain & Waffles” This was the first result

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Instead, we are going to head over to the 4100 bar because I really like the interior of the place. It looks like you are sitting in some dark mysterious lounge in India. I am not even sure what that means considering I have never sat in a dark mysterious lounge in India but I am thinking that is what it would be like.

In terms of my Fun Jar, I did some research on cool bars because I am sure Tommy will enjoy them since he is a real adult and drinks adult beverages. I on the other hand rarely drink and I can’t be bothered by obnoxious prices that people charge for drinks. I have other things I want to buy….like vitamins and dvd’s on Amazon.com

Boy am I a buzz kill (pun intended.)

I do like to check out bars though for the experience of it all, not just for the drinking or lackthereof. With that said, I found a bunch of “hidden gems” in LA where you can’t get in without a password or you need to know specific details about the location in order to find it. I will be sure to write about it/review it on here when I go.

That’s about it for now! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!! Friday is here! You know what that means! Kiss your neighbor and be nice to your grandpa unless he’s the Grandpa from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Case in Point:

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XOXO

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January 2, 2013

I’m stronger because I had to be. I’m smarter because of my mistakes. I’m happier because I’ve overcome the sadness I have known and I’m wiser because I’ve learned from my life. -Unknown

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!

Ok I’m back.

The holidays are over, I am definitely fatter…..in fact, I am avoiding the scale completely but I am really really really happy.

This feels really weird that I am updating people about my life because I am seriously no one..just some weird chick living in LA, working and hanging out with my boyfriend and dog but I noticed people are still visiting my blog so I guess you guys are gluttons for punishment and want to know what’s going on with me. So here it goes:

What I have been doing for the past 2 weeks: 

  • I moved in completely to my new place. It’s wonderful and I love it.
  • Tommy came into town 2 weeks ago because he is on winter break from school so I have been spending every waking moment with him.
  • I had THEE BEST TIME in the Nico Vega music video for their song Beast that is about to blow up the charts. You just watch. Here are a few pictures from the shoot 66775_10151283062708718_2059896890_n227029_10151284114963718_413555109_n
  • I got really sick after drumming for 8 hours straight, covered in dust from the shoot 😦 I came down with a really bad cold that I am now 99% recovered from
  • Tommy and I went to Vegas and saw Zumanity. It was great even though I was sick and just ended up spending a lot of time in bed photo 1

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  • For New Years, Tommy and I had a really nice dinner in Downtown Pasadena and just enjoyed a quiet night at home.
  • For New Years Day, Tessa, Tommy and I went on a mini road trip to Salvation Mountain in Niland, CA. You might have heard of it if you ever saw the movie Into The Wild or you might have heard of it just because you know about really cool places to visit in California 🙂 I will let the pictures speak for itself and you can research it more if you ever want to visit……do it. 12555_321308554641869_599369921_n 63640_321304767975581_470836340_n
    On the way to Salvation Mountain you can stop by the Salton Sea which is California's largest lake. The salt content is pretty high resulting in a lot of dead fish on the shore. Call me morbid but I think this is pretty neat.

    On the way to Salvation Mountain you can stop by the Salton Sea which is California’s largest lake. The salt content is pretty high resulting in a lot of dead fish on the shore. Call me morbid but I think this is pretty neat.

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After going on this road trip and having as much fun as we had I have decided to make what I like to call a “Fun Jar” for Los Angeles. I made a “Fun Jar” when I lived in San Diego whereby I researched a lot of things to do in SD for free or cheap and I wrote each “thing” on a tiny piece of paper, crumbled it up and threw it in a jar. Everyday I would shake the jar, pull out a piece of paper and do whatever was on the paper. I would also purposely put things in the jar that I wouldn’t typically wouldn’t want to do, thereby forcing myself into doing things that are “out of the box” ….for me at least.

There are SO many things to do in every city that go overlooked. Granted, we had to pay for gas to get out to Salvation Mountain but visiting there is free (unless you want to donate to the man that lives out there and has dedicated his life to painting this mountain.)

Oftentimes I get into a routine of staying home out of laziness or just being too tired to do anything else other than watch Netflix. I think the Fun Jar for LA is going to be my New Years Resolution. I am going to find 30 things to do before I turn 30 out here in LA. I turn 30 in September which gives me 9 months to do a bunch of cool/fun stuff. I think it will also make me feel more connected to Los Angeles since it’s really not my ideal city to live in.

Ok there you have it. I am not going to pretend like my New Year’s Resolution is going to be to lose weight or get back on the weight loss train. If it comes off, it will. If I want to lose weight I will. If I want to eat like an idiot, I will. I don’t want to put a ton of pressure on myself to lose weight, fail and then feel like a loser like I have been my entire life, therefore I just won’t set the bar too high on this one. I will continue to blog but it will be more about what is going on in my life instead of losing weight and working out. I certainly will blog about that when it happens but I am not going to focus on it. I don’t know if this sounds like I am giving up or what but I just don’t want the focus to be on weight loss anymore. If anything I want the focus to be on eating more vegetables and lowering my cholesterol. So that’s about it….and now for the greatest news ever…….

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Tommy is moving back to Los Angeles in 2 weeks!!!! 

I am sooooooooooooooooooo excited about this!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are literally no words. Although I love Austin, TX and he does too life has thrown us a curve ball and he has decided to move back. Our goal is to move to Austin in the future (2-3 years) as a more permanent thing but as of right now he is going to come back to LA to go to school and be near me XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

That’s about it! I hope everyone has a beautiful day and thanks again for always coming back to read my blog.

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Dec 18th

Remember when I made a huge long post about how much I LOVEEEEE Nico Vega??!?!?!?!!? Probably not, so here you go…..CLICK HERE TO READ MY OLD POST ABOUT THE MOST AMAZING BAND IN THE WORLD. 

WELL GUESS WHAT!!!! I am leaving work in 15 minutes so I can drive down to Hollywood and be in their music video for their song Beast.

I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am about this. First off, Nico Vega is MY FAVORITE BAND!!! Secondly, BEAST is one of my favorite songs!!!! IT’S SO POWERFUL! BAHHHHAHAHAMA jsdlafjlsagjaelgjslafjsdlf saf

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Oh god. I will be sure to post about my experience soon.

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